This is a very sleek camera which comes with lots easy to use feature , and yes, very very compact to carry around. Only thing need to improve is its battery life, not very long , so better get a back up battery as well.
I think that this camera is more for the use of an avid photographer rather than the usual traveller who shoots photos for memories of a trip, vacartion, etc.
I am disappointed that it does not show all the icons that can appear and I had to go to SONY to get a list. I am still excperimenting with the camera. It can be made easy to use for the amatuer photographer and it can also be considered complicated, if you try wo work oput all the features which it offers.
fantastic camera.so easy to use.no problems with it.
Having used a 18-200mm kit lens I was unprepared for the difference that F1.8 makes. Amazing value for money and an ideal "first lens" to buy after having a kit lens.
Bought partly as an introduction for my young teenagers to the SLR world. Could not fault the camera, it's software, or it's representation in ads or reviews. As an entry-level DSLR I am quite impressed with the versatility of settings available. It took minimal instruction for my partner to employ the Sports mode and the Full Auto mode confidently. The images that I have reviewed so far are of the standard that I would expect from an SLR. And this has all been managed with the standard, non-IS lens.
great for parties and people, not so much for scenery
easy to use, fun to print stickers, quality and zoom is not the best for a general little camera, but just as good as many and is fabulous for a polaroid..
Awesome cheap camera. Had to charge after 1 and a half day's use... However I had taken over 300 or so photo's by then!
Great to use, very easy for simple point and shoot through to complex imagery. Occasional flaw in full auto mode.
Can be a bit tricky to set up with smartphone slight fish eye effect even at 120 can be a put off for close shots..Compression is a bit to high...I have a sony bloggie and image quality is far better and no fish eye, but image stabilize is worse on bloggie great on AS15K.
After reading what feels like dozens of reviews - all complimentary, I decided to take the plunge and get one of these - I do a lot of indoor fast action and kids photos, needed something fast and decent zoom. Unbelievably sharp photos, better than my prime lens... Very impressed, just like all the pro reviewers said it would be. The very silent HSM motor also makes a big difference in quiet situations. Much cheaper than Nikon's equivalent lens, so very happy with the purchase. Highly recommended and great price from Ted's too - thanks to the Eastland store guys, very knowledgeable and very patient with my questions...
View screen difficult to see in daylight. Zoom and weight excellent. Very light and compact. Already recommended to a friend who wants to purchase a similar product.
Guided by the positive reviews of this camera and running short of time, I made the purchase. A South Amercan cruise and 800+ shots later, not one dud. Very happy with the ease of operation though did have to have a good read of the many deatures. Set the dial on Fully auto. and away we went. Suggest to buy an additional battery pack, always handy as is a three pack of international plugs. My only grizzle is that with my little Canon Powershot, the date/time is printed on the review screen of the previous shot but not this model. Is this me ?? Highly recommened.
The large aperture of the lenses allows plenty of light on indoor subjects without the need for flash, which is fortunate as it doesn't have an inbuilt flash. I didn't realise this till I got home.
Sharp learning curve, but
But you get broadcast video quality in a camera smaller than a box of matches!
Without having to read the manual I was still able to produce great shots!
Could take a lesson from the G12 as far as accessible adjustments to ISO speed and Exposure Compensation are concerned. Battery life is also an issue. Otherwise, and overall, a camera worth buying.
I have been using Pentax SLR Cameras for a good many years now and have always been happy with their performance. I started out to buy a new lens and ended up with the K30 and I am glad I did it has a few new features which are great for me when taking photos of whales and dolphins which is what I do a lot of.
The camera is lightweight which is great but indoor performance with the kit lenses (I have tried the 12-50, 14-42 & 40-150) is not great and the supplied compact flash is very poor. You need to remove two seals from the camera and one from the flash to mount it and the results from the flash are just awful compared to even entry level DSLR's for half the price.
Without the flash, Indoors with decent lighting (eight halogen down lights) pushes the camera to ISO 1600 to take a photo and the shutter speed is so slow at this light level that your subject will need to remain perfectly still to avoid motion blur.
Focusing is low light is very poor compared to me Canon 650D. Anything 2.5M (say at a outdoor party) and you won't be able to focus in auto. The Canon has no problem as it uses a pulse of flash to illuminate the target, Nikon also can handle this easily.
IF you only intend to take photo's outside in good light then this camera is fine. Otherwise you will need to purchase and attach a decent flash or compliment this camera with a point and shoot and leave this one at home.
FL-600R System Flash for example is >$300 is 100mm high and weighs around 300g including batteries.
Problem is reduced with a faster lenses. I have 47mm 0.8 but you are starting to add to the cost of the camera. To buy a faster telephoto lens from Panasonic for example you are looking at around $1000 per lense (Panasonic Lumix 12-35mm f 2.8 & 35-100)
I have used slrs on and off since the 70s. All the negativism directed at this camera by many who don't own one seemed to vanish when the price dropped. I find this an easy to use camera that has excellent IQ. It replaced a K200 that I sold which had excellent reviews at the time but came no where near this camera. The 200 paid for the K-01. Peak focussing as your eyes get older is a bonus, the many Pentax lenses that are compatable and the reasonable battery life make the camera a pleasure to use. I have bought this and a q with 2 lenses for the price I paid for the k200 6 or 7 years ago.
Excellent camera to use, excellent IQ, amazing control. A little slow processing, auto focus is not lightening speed but I use kanual lenses and no VF. But, there are many VFs around that fit the hot shoe, I have one and it works on those few occasions I need it. Its an absolute bargain dont miss out.
The audio quality is high it is simple to use and is a great new toy, but it is bulky and I am worried that here will be situations that make it hard to hide. When I bought it I was supprised that there was not a separate lapel mic and the bulky bit was not just the transmitter. I tested it against the quality of a Rode and it had very similar characteristics in the studio, but a little less midrange boost. More than acceptable though.
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